Great Naval Battles of the Pacific War (Hardback)
The Official Admiralty Accounts: Midway, Coral Sea, Java Sea, Guadalcanal and Leyte Gulf
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The key naval battles against Imperial Japan in the Pacific during the Second World War have been described many times by numerous diligent and skilful historians. Such histories are, of course, the products of many years, even decades, of accumulated knowledge, but also of a received consensus of how the war played out to its, seemingly, inevitable conclusion. That of course is not how it was perceived at the time. Hindsight, as we know, gives us 20/20 vision. The accounts here, compiled for and on behalf of the Admiralty, were written either during or immediately after the end of the war before historians had begun to give their assessments of these momentous events.
These accounts were written for internal consumption, to guide and instruct naval officers. It was never intended that they would be released to the general public. As such, there was no jingoistic drum beating, no axes to grind, no new angles to try and find. The authors of these accounts relate each battle, move by move, as they unfolded, accurately and dispassionately.
This makes these accounts so invaluable. They read almost like a running commentary, as action follows action, minute follows minute. This sensation is magnified by the absolute impartiality of the authors, their sole attempt being to provide a thorough but very clear and comprehensible record so that others in the future could understand precisely how each battle was fought.
These accounts can never be superseded and never replaced. Written by naval officers of the time for naval officers of the future, they are the permanent record of the great victories, and the sobering defeat in the Java Sea, during the struggle for control of the Pacific which, for many months, hung precariously in the balance.
A wonderful source and well worth the read. It adds precise evidence and provides confirmation of what historians over the years have pointed out was important about these battles.The NYMAS Review
Review as featured inWarfare History Network
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"This work is a valuable historical record for the generalist reader as well as those with a deeper interest. Highly recommended!"Martin Willoughby, The Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association
This book provides naval warfare students an unvarnished look at how contemporary leaders saw these battles and their lessons.WWII History Feb 2023 Issue
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Factual, original and free of bias and excessive analysis Great Naval Battles of the Pacific War was written by naval officers for their brethren and forms a fine reference for contemporary research.Australian Naval Institute
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This has been a really good book to read and I have enjoyed the formal approach to normal as a change.The History Fella
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The big positive of this book is the quantity and quality of the information about the five major actions of the naval war in the Pacific.Clash of Steel
Full review available at: https://www.clash-of-steel.co.uk/reviews/view/323
Having all but swept the Japanese Imperial Navy from the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, the Allied forces stood on the brink of invading the Japanese Home Islands. The launching pad for the invasion was to be the island of Okinawa. Amid the terrible slaughter and the shocking casualty statistics of the US Tenth Army and the US Marines, as well as the unrelenting defiance of the Japanese defenders so often detailed in the many books on the battle, the vital part played by the Allied navies in transporting, landing and supporting the ground offensive is all too often overlooked. The naval forces…By John Grehan
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